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Clarkson scores 24, injury-riddled Cavaliers blast Hornets

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing with so many injuries they needed an assistant coach to suit up for practice Monday.

A little over 24 hours later they did just fine with their healthy players.

Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, Tristan Thompson had 21 rebounds and 11 points, and Cleveland won for the second time this season, beating the Charlotte Hornets 113-89 on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (2-11) broke a five-game losing streak. Cleveland's first win came against Atlanta on Oct. 30.

Cleveland's injury list grew longer while the losses piled up. Forwards Kyle Korver (sore right foot) and Cedi Osman (back spasms) didn't play Tuesday and are the most recent additions.

All-Star forward Kevin Love (foot surgery), starting point guard George Hill (hamstring) and forward Sam Dekker (ankle) have also been sidelined.

Cavaliers coach Larry Drew gave a rundown of the team's injuries in his pregame media session and then asked, ''Who'm I missing? Is that it?''

Thompson was a key member of the team that went to four straight NBA Finals and won the championship in 2016. Despite the injuries and early season drama that included coach Tyronn Lue being fired after an 0-6 start, he knows the players must keep their heads up.

''We've got to,'' he said. ''This is the NBA. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. It's a month into the season. We have to keep pushing and keep getting better.''

Kemba Walker, the league's third-leading scorer, was held to a season-low seven points and was 2 for 16 from the field. The Hornets star guard was averaging 27.9 points going into the game.

''This was one of those nights,'' Walker said. ''I got to all my spots, was able to take all my shots. It was a rough night shooting the basketball.''

Thompson matched his career high in rebounds and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

Rodney Hood scored 16 points for Cleveland, which built a double-figure lead midway through the first quarter and maintained that the rest of the game. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton had 16 points and five assists. David Nwaba scored 18 points off the bench.

Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points for Charlotte. The Hornets were 33 for 95 from the field and hit 8 of 41 of their 3-point attempts.

Cleveland's past three losses were by a combined 12 points. The Cavaliers, who lost to the Hornets 126-94 on Nov. 3, led 63-42 late in the second quarter and were up 67-51 at the half, when Charlotte was 19 for 53 from the field.

''For the work we've been putting in and the tough times we've been through, tonight's win kind of pays off,'' Drew said.

The Hornets cut the lead to 78-67 in the third quarter, but scored two points over the final five minutes of the period. J.R. Smith and Nwaba helped Cleveland maintain the momentum by hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

The Cavaliers built the lead to 25 points in the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Walker, an 87 percent shooter, missed two free throws in a trip to the line midway through the second quarter. ... F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (sprained right ankle) did not play after being injured Sunday at Detroit. He's averaging 8.6 points in 13 games off the bench. ... F Dwayne Bacon entered the rotation in his spot.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Love had surgery Nov. 2 and is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot. .... Korver doesn't believe his injury is serious and said that he'd be surprised if he isn't ready play when the Cavaliers visit Detroit on Nov. 19. .... The 37-year-old Korver has been bothered by foot injuries the past two seasons. ... Drew said Osman likely will miss his third straight game Wednesday.

MAKING PROGRESS

Sexton, taken with the eighth pick in the draft, had four assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes. Drew said the 19-year-old will continue to play substantial minutes when Hill returns, but didn't indicate whether the rookie will continue to start.

''I see growth in the last week and a half,'' Drew said. ''He's starting to kind of figure it out.''

RALLY KILLER

Charlotte won three of four going into the game, but didn't play well in dropping to 7-7.

''Hopefully this gives us some fire,'' coach James Borrego said. ''There wasn't a whole lot of good out there. We're going to have to use this game as fuel for the next game.''

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Cavaliers: Visit Washington on Wednesday.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
T. Thompson
13 C
28.4 Min. Per Game 28.4
10.2 Pts. Per Game 10.2
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
10.2 Reb. Per Game 10.2
43.9 Field Goal % 54.5
45.0 Three Point % 52.8
83.5 Free Throw % 52.4
  Defensive rebound by Ante Zizic 0:08
  Frank Kaminsky missed dunk 0:09
  Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Channing Frye 0:46
  Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
  Defensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky 0:52
  Ante Zizic missed hook shot 0:55
  Bad pass turnover on Frank Kaminsky, stolen by Channing Frye 1:09
+ 1 Andrew Harrison made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:20
  Shooting foul on Miles Bridges 1:20
+ 3 Dwayne Bacon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devonte' Graham 1:33
Team Stats
Points 89 113
Field Goals 33-95 (34.7%) 45-85 (52.9%)
3-Pointers 8-41 (19.5%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 44 64
Offensive 12 14
Defensive 25 46
Team 7 4
Assists 22 23
Steals 12 5
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 9 19
Fouls 11 20
Technicals 1 0
22 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
11 PTS, 21 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Hornets 7-7 2328182089
home team logo Cavaliers 2-11 38292125113
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 7-7 113.9 PPG 43.8 RPG 23.9 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 2-11 103.4 PPG 44 RPG 19.5 APG
Key Players
J. Lamb SG 15.0 PPG 5.5 RPG 1.7 APG 45.1 FG%
J. Clarkson PG 16.4 PPG 3.4 RPG 2.1 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Lamb SG 22 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
J. Clarkson PG 24 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
34.7 FG% 52.9
19.5 3PT FG% 54.2
78.9 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 31 22 6 2 3 0 3 2 8/16 1/4 5/5 0 6 32 -24
N. Batum 29 11 5 3 0 0 2 3 5/12 1/4 0/0 5 0 20 -20
C. Zeller 17 9 2 4 2 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 3/3 2 0 21 -4
M. Williams 29 8 2 2 3 1 0 1 3/8 2/7 0/0 0 2 18 -10
K. Walker 35 7 4 6 2 1 1 0 2/16 1/7 2/5 0 4 25 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 31 22 6 2 3 0 3 2 8/16 1/4 5/5 0 6 32 -24
N. Batum 29 11 5 3 0 0 2 3 5/12 1/4 0/0 5 0 20 -20
C. Zeller 17 9 2 4 2 0 0 1 3/4 0/0 3/3 2 0 21 -4
M. Williams 29 8 2 2 3 1 0 1 3/8 2/7 0/0 0 2 18 -10
K. Walker 35 7 4 6 2 1 1 0 2/16 1/7 2/5 0 4 25 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Parker 15 9 4 1 0 1 0 0 4/10 0/3 1/2 1 3 16 -6
M. Monk 23 6 2 2 1 0 1 0 3/13 0/8 0/0 0 2 12 -12
F. Kaminsky 4 5 3 1 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 2 1 9 -1
D. Bacon 16 5 3 0 0 0 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 7 0
M. Bridges 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 2/2 1 1 7 -10
W. Hernangomez 6 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 5 -8
B. Biyombo 6 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 -5
D. Graham 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 -7
M. Kidd-Gilchrist - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 89 37 22 12 4 9 11 33/95 8/41 15/19 12 25 177 -120
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 28 16 2 2 0 0 1 4 7/12 2/3 0/0 0 2 21 0
C. Sexton 32 16 5 4 1 0 4 3 7/18 2/2 0/0 2 3 26 +24
J. Smith 39 13 3 5 1 1 1 1 5/13 3/7 0/0 0 3 27 +26
T. Thompson 28 11 21 5 0 0 4 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 8 13 38 +18
L. Nance Jr. 34 7 12 1 1 1 1 2 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 9 22 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 28 16 2 2 0 0 1 4 7/12 2/3 0/0 0 2 21 0
C. Sexton 32 16 5 4 1 0 4 3 7/18 2/2 0/0 2 3 26 +24
J. Smith 39 13 3 5 1 1 1 1 5/13 3/7 0/0 0 3 27 +26
T. Thompson 28 11 21 5 0 0 4 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 8 13 38 +18
L. Nance Jr. 34 7 12 1 1 1 1 2 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 9 22 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 27 24 5 2 0 1 4 1 9/15 1/4 5/5 0 5 30 +18
D. Nwaba 26 18 5 2 1 0 0 3 7/9 2/2 2/3 1 4 28 +22
C. Frye 3 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 2/2 2/2 0/0 0 2 9 +2
A. Harrison 12 2 2 2 0 0 1 3 0/3 0/2 2/2 0 2 7 +2
A. Zizic 6 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 -1
G. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Preston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Korver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 113 60 23 5 3 19 20 45/85 13/24 10/12 14 46 208 +120